Kudos continue for Sansone Group industrial park
BY SUSAN BURGESS
Port St. Lucie’s new industrial park at Tradition garnered an armload of awards in 2021. The 425-acre space is home to FedEx Ground, and soon will be home to an Amazon delivery station, a warehouse and distribution center for Florida food distributor Cheney Brothers, and more businesses are coming.
The Class A industrial park, owned by Sansone Group, was awarded the Impact Award in its category by Business Facilities Magazine. Also, Expansion Solutions Magazine gave St. Lucie County a thumbs up, saying it is South Florida’s hottest new industrial development market.
Also being recognized are:
Wastewater Plant Award – In February, the city’s Glades Wastewater Treatment Facility was honored with the Focus on Change 2021 Plant Operations Excellence Award, given by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The award is presented annually to facilities that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in operations, maintenance and compliance. The plant is one of two in the city. Together they can treat 18 million gallons of wastewater a day.
Seventh Best Beach Town to Retire – U.S. News and World Report says the city is a top place to retire with convenient access to the beach and all the amenities retirees need. Despite not having a bridge of its own to South Hutchinson Island, residents and visitors have their choice of two other bridges and many beaches once they get over to the Atlantic Ocean. Among the criteria were: housing affordability, happiness, desirability, retiree taxes, the job market and access to quality health care. Pensacola took the eighth spot while Fort Myers weighed in at No. 6. Sarasota took the top spot.
Budget Award – Budgets may sound boring, but mention the word taxes and the budget suddenly becomes an object of intense scrutiny. Port St. Lucie was rewarded for the excellence of its budget presentation by earning a distinguished designation for the 32nd year from the Government Finance Officers Association. The criteria were how well it serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and a communications device.
Excellence in Communication – For its successes in communicating with residents and businesses, the city’s communications department has won numerous awards from, for example, the Florida Public Relations Association, the American Advertising Federation, Telly Awards and Hermes Creative Awards. They were for programs such as PSL in Lights virtual event, a video series on the history of water in St. Lucie County, Homes for PSL Heroes, welcome guides, the 2020 Census Campaign, the Citizen Summit, and feature shows on YouTube such as The Agenda and PSL Living.